Good riddance, tea party
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Has the tea party run its course? Look at its success or lack thereof in the last election.
It didn't make Barack Obama a “one-term president,” as Michele Bachmann had repeated during the last few years. And face it, this wasn't a popular movement rising from the grass roots. To be sure, many think it was. But big-money donors like the Koch brothers funding Americans for Prosperity aren't going to throw money at groups that — let's face it — failed.
Even Dick Armey left FreedomWorks, claiming tea-party candidates were — I'll be gracious — less than competent! So, the people who channeled money to tea-party groups have started to turn away from them.
Now, with the fiscal-cliff legislative disaster for Republicans in the U.S. House, they have shown the tea party isn't to be feared by establishment Republicans. Look at the easy re-election of John Boehner as speaker of the House!
Boehner will not forget those who have caused him nothing but grief these last few months and years in the House. And I'm not talking about Democrats. Boehner will turn his attention to House tea partyers and shy away from raising the money they need to run re-election campaigns.
Tip O'Neill once said that “money is the mother's milk of politics,” and the tea party will find itself pulled away from the political teat of political fundraising.
The tea party is over — thank you very much!
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"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" said Mark Twain and this applies to the Tea Party! It is hard to beat Santa Claus, especially when there were IRREGULARITIES, such as overseas military votes mysteriously arriving ONE DAY LATE + and districts, all over, showing NOT ONE VOTE for Romney - a compromise candidate,surely not a Tea Party enthusiast. Tip O'Neil also said "All politics is local!" and there were a few 'local' victories for tea party supporters. As to Armey, was he given the job as an old loyal soldier? He confessed to being 'confused' about whom he was talking to - in at least one interview. He mistook a shark for a dolphin -Bye, Bye DICK We admire your years of loyal service, but it's time to zip it!